Linda Collins

Linda Collins, Executive Director

Linda Collins is the Executive Director of the Career Ladders Project (CLP), a non-profit organization working to foster educational and career advancement for Californians through research, policy and direct support to colleges and their workforce partners. Linda has extensive experience with workforce development, academic leadership as well as educational policy and programs, having worked closely with the Board of Governors for the California Community Colleges (CCC) to develop the statewide Ladders of Opportunity policy initiative and the large scale Career Advancement Academy (CAA) demonstration project designed to connect underprepared and underemployed youth and adults to high wage career pathways. 

Linda taught sociology and interdisciplinary studies at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA for 15 years.  She served two terms as the President of the CCC Academic Senate and was the founding director of the Inter-segmental Major Preparation Articulated Curriculum (IMPAC), a major initiative to improve articulation across the segments of higher education in California.  Linda is frequently asked to consult on state and national policy efforts. Most recently she has served on: California Tomorrow's Community College Advisory Board, the Consumer-Directed Services Network (CDSN) Board, the Bay Area Manufacturing Renaissance Council and the Leadership Council of the National Skills Coalition.  She is a founding member of the California EDGE Campaign, a non-partisan coalition—including business, labor, community colleges, workforce boards, and community and  social equity groups—focused on policy change and systems alignment to improve the state’s workforce development system.  Linda is also the founding director of LearningWorks, a new center for linking knowledge, policy and practice with a focus on improving student completion in the California Community Colleges.